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Steve S Avatar
Abingdon West, Southern California, USA   USA
I have a similar setup, only with a period Lucas lamp on a switch. Distributor side. I use it in the garage, as there is rarely a need to open the bonnet elsewhere.


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Fairfield, CA, USA   USA
I added an LED panel (4x6 SMD…surface mounted device…array from eBay) into the side marker lights on my 73 and wired that into the TS. So I have very bright side mounted TS that is easily seen in daylight (very bright!) as well as the front and rear TS and without disturbing the bulb (now LED) for the side marker light).

The often questioned orientation of the front TS lens (the short angle goes outward to provide for Federal specs) was intended to meet US Federal requirement for TS that could be seen from the side. It barely met the requirements but was accepted.

This kludge does the real job.

I have no idea how to find photos. At one time, years back, I posted a short video but with over 20 TB of stuff...no soup today.<G>

If someone wants more info, PM me. I have some leftover parts and could recreate instructions.



1973 Pale Primrose Roadster. A nice 10-footer!
SUs, Datsun 5-speed

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a1972mgbgt Michael Layman
Beaverton, OR, USA   USA
1960 MG MGA 1600
1968 MG Midget "Daisy Mae"
1972 MG MGB GT
I made my own carpet kit.
White gauge faces
The chevy v6 is nice



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boltonr137 Randy Bolton
Delaware, OH, USA   USA
1980 MG MGB "Yellow Banana"
I did something similar, I actually installed my l E D light under the hood.


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cschaefer Silver Member Chuck Schaefer
West Chicago, IL, USA   USA
In reply to # 3889813 by nickj I made a new frame and body for the '72. Also homemade seats, suspension control arms, and dashboard. Everything else is pretty much stock.

Nick, I didn't recognize your name (or your car) until someone mentioned your link. Then it hit on me. LocostUSA. Performance certainly improves when you drop more than 700lbs. I'm known as rx7locost over there. Small world this car hobby huh? smileys with beer

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wineguy33 Silver Member Chris Brinkman
Columbia MO, USA   USA
1971 MG MGB
I'm pretty fond of the dashboard we fabricated...... the panels for the underside of the boot lid.... fuel pump bracket... altenator bracket.... Oil cooler line bulkhead solution... fender washers... choke linkage on the weber.... etc...etc....


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KGBsMGB Kevin B
Phila, PA, USA   USA
1979 MG MGB
Wrapped in 3M WRAP Looks like new paint.


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Fogliner Mark Vanherd
Port Clements, BC, Canada   CAN
1974 MG MGB
I built a manifold of sorts for eliminating the black hose tangle about the carbs.

Regards
mark


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Ian Williams Ian W
Chipping Longjourney, Toofarupnorth, UK   GBR
My ZB heater never had worked, even with the new valve.. The trouble is, the valve is tucked away well below the dash and behind the heater �
In reply to # 3889683 by 3066james I posted this back in 2015 and have made this modification to my 70 MGB and my 57 MGA Coupe. These valves have not given me any problems since I installed them.

"I've always thought the heater valves on MGs are a bad design. IMO, they are difficult to open and close completely and most of the aftermarket ones are poor quality.

I saw something posted on this forum or the MGB & GT forum about using a Four Seasons valve #74648 attached to the base of the original style heater valve and thought I would try it. I just happened to have an old one that had failed so I cut the base off, drilled a 9/16" hole and tapped threads into it using a 3/8" NTP tap. I don't know who posted it originally or I would give them credit but thank you for the idea.

This valve is designed as a "pull to open and push to close" valve so I drilled a hole in the other end of the operating lever, tapped threads into it and will attach a cable stop to it so I can attach the control cable and be able to "push to open and pull to close". This valve opens and closes very easily and should allow much better coolant flow through the heater core since the opening is more than twice as big. As you can see from the pictures, it is approximately the same overall size as the original style valve. I will probably make one of these for my 70 MGB and put it on the next time I change the antifreeze."

Jim

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Ahmed Silver Member Ahmed EL Abasiry
Calgary, AB, Canada   CAN
1958 MG MGA
1972 MG MGB
1979 MG MGB
Here's a few of mine. Can't really single one out as "best". I'll let readers decide:

1- Center console wood insert (made of real Zebra wood):



2- Relay module in the engine bay. Also a battery post (for jump starting, battery charging or general hot point for electric loads)


3- Home-made fuel pump housing. It moves the pump outside the trunk up to a higher point and includes mounting for a fuel filter too.





4- Seat belt holders


5- Thermal insulation/reflector underneath carpets


6- Hood insulation/liner


Got some more, but memory escapes me now..



"... the motor car, after woman, is the most fragile and capricious thing on earth." - London Daily Mail 1908



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BFC Ben Clark
Allegan, MI, USA   USA
1980 MG MGB "Kilr B"
1980 MG MGB MkIV
Kevin-
Your car looks fantastic. Did you do the wrap yourself? What did it cost? I want to know everything!

In reply to # 3904445 by KGBsMGB Wrapped in 3M WRAP Looks like new paint.



I don't know. It's always smoked like that/made that sound/done that.

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KGBsMGB Kevin B
Phila, PA, USA   USA
1979 MG MGB
I did it myself The wrap should have cost about $400.00 with tools etc. I made a couple mistakes and had to order more product. Go to fellers.com for more info.

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little G Charlie T
queensland, QLD, Australia   AUS
1964 MG MGB "Little G"
now I like the neatness of that !...very good !

In reply to # 3904448 by Fogliner I built a manifold of sorts for eliminating the black hose tangle about the carbs.

Regards
mark

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awest Adam West
Berkshires, MA, USA   USA
1979 MG MGB "Jackie"
I bought an old MG Midget center badge and made it into a tap handle for my kegerator.



Adam West

1979 MGB Vermillion Red


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chasloew Charles Loew
Fort Wayne, IN, USA   USA
1954 MG TF 1500
1976 MG MGB
Mine is pretty stock except for a pertronix module. The one creative solution I've added is to hang a Harbor Freight freeby LED flashlight from the hood release under the dash. Always easy to find when I need it, easy to do, no cost, and easily reversible.

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